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Curfew relaxed in Kashmir Valley, 30 people arrested

Curfew relaxation continued in the Kashmir Valley, except in Sopore and Pulwana, to allow people to offer special prayers on Shab-e-Mehraj festival while police picked up 30 people for allegedly instigating mobs. Pics | What's happening in Kashmir | Listen to podcast

india Updated: Jul 10, 2010 22:17 IST

Curfew relaxation continued in the Kashmir Valley, except in Sopore and Pulwana, on Saturday to allow people to offer special prayers on Shab-e-Mehraj festival while police picked up 30 people for allegedly instigating mobs.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, meanwhile, appealed to PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti to reconsider her party's decision to stay away from an all-party meeting convened by him in Srinagar on Monday to discuss the present situation.

Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq offered prayers in historic Jama Masjid and proceeded to Zadibal where he was joined by another separatist leader Syed Hasan Budgami.

The two leaders led a peaceful procession for some distance before quietly going home. The protest march was later dispersed peacefully by police at University Gate near Hazratbal.

Police also detained a separatist leader of Anantnag Qazi Yasir and booked him under the Public Safety Act. He was later shifted to Jammu Prison.

Some protesters came out into the streets in Qamarwari, Naaz cinema, Nowhatta and Maisuma of the city this morning but were chased away by the police. Restrictions were imposed in Maisuma after the protests.

The four-day-old curfew was relaxed in the entire valley last night following a high-level meeting presided by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to enable people offer special prayers overnight at the Hazratbal shrine for Shab-e-Mehraj, an important event in the religious calendar in Srinagar.

People continued to throng the Hazratbal Shrine on Saturday to have a glimpse of a holy relic of Prophet Mohammed which is shown to people after every prayer on Shab-e-Mehraj (night of ascent). Nearly 10,000 people had taken part in three special prayers till evening.

Inspector General Kashmir Range Farooq Ahmed said the situation was peaceful in the valley.

"There was no curfew in Anantnag and Baramulla but restrictions had to be imposed in certain parts as miscreants started pelting stones on police," he said.

The Amarnath Yatra passed off peacefully from Anantnag to Pahalgam. So far over one lakh pilgrims have visited the holy cave shrine during last 10 days for which Jammu and Kashmir Police has made an elaborate arrangement.

Shops and business establishments were open and traffic was plying normally in the city.

However, in Pulwama district of south Kashmir curfew had to be imposed due to tension triggered by a media report that one person had died in police firing which was denied by authorities.